Becoming a Leader Others Love to Follow by Craig Groeschel (GLS18)

The Global Leadership Summit session was shared by Craig Groeschel.

Becoming a leader others love to follow.

The top two areas employees wanted improvement from their boss included:

  • Leadership – How we lead others.
  • Emotional Intelligence – How we treat others.

This isn’t a session about becoming a leader everyone loves. You can be popular and respected, but you will never be respected if you are only trying to be popular.

What we feel under great leadership:

  • You feel valued. We know someone cares for us on this team.
  • You feel inspired. We know we are making a contribution to something that matters.
  • You feel empowered. We know that we are trusted and someone who believes in us.

What qualities do we need?

1. We need a heart to care.

You will never be a leader others love to follow if you aren’t a leader who loves people.

Four critical words for us to care for others:

  • I notice.
  • You matter.

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” – Maya Angelou

Good employees do not leave organizations. Good employees leave bad managers.

Appreciate your people more than you think and then double it.

Some leaders will you make you think that THEY are important. Great leaders will make you feel YOU are important.

2. We need a passion to inspire.

This is not about motivating others. Inspiring is more of a “pulling out” of someone of what is already within them.

Employees who describe themselves as “inspired” are twice as productive as employees who describe themselves as “satisfied.”

Resource: Bain Inspirational Leadership Model

A centered leader is secure, stable, fully engaged, consistent, and confident. He or she is not fighting against the wrong enemies. A centered leader is guided by values, is leading by purpose, and is obsessed with mission.

All you need is one or two well-developed strengths in order to inspire.

3. We need a willingness to empower.

Power and control makes us the lid of our organization.

You can have control or you can have growth, but you can’t have both.

Trusting and empowering helps us grow leaders and grow our organization.

  • If we delegate tasks, we are creating followers.
  • If we delegate authority, we are creating leaders.

Learn to say: “You decide.”

The better you become as a leader, the fewer decisions you need to make.

The strength of an organization is reflected in how deep into it people have the ability to say “yes.”

What if they cannot pull it off?
The best way to find out if you can trust someone is to trust him.

If you don’t trust your team, you are either too controlling or you have the wrong people. Either way, the problem is yours to solve.

Jesus cared about the people the religious rejected.

Jesus had a passion to inspire.

Jesus had a willingness to empower. He chose unlikely people to follow him and gave them authority.

4. We need the courage to be real, vulnerable, and authentic.


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